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First iPod video recorder debuts

updated 05:40 pm EST, Fri January 6, 2006

iPod video recorder debuts

iPod users everywhere will soon be able to record television content and easily play it back on their TV. Advanced Technology Office (ATO) today introduced the first--and only--, the iSee 360i. Users can store their favorite shows and movies directly from TV, cable, satellite, DVR, or any other analog source on their iPod, and play that content back on any TV with an "analog in" connection at standard 640 X 480 TV resolution. Users can view previously-recorded video on the integrated high-quality 3.6-inch LCD screen, or on their TV: "With the iSee video recorder millions of iPod owners can add the power of video to their unit without having to purchase a new one," John C. Scott, ATO co-founder and former Apple executive said. "The iSee video recording capability also dramatically expands the universe of content playable on the iPod." [updated]

The iSee 360i is compatible with 30GB video iPods, but not 60GB models. The device works with most fourth-generation iPods, including the 20GB clickwheel model, the 20GB U2 edition, and the iPod mini with a required adapter. iSee 360i also works with both the 2GB and 4GB iPod nano, with a required adapter.

The iSee measures 6 x 3.2 x 1.1-inches and weighs in at six ounces. The gadget features a lightweight, portable design that when connected to an iPod provides the look and feel of a single, integrated unit. The iPod slides into place inside the back of the iSee video device, providing the user with a 91 percent larger viewing area than the video iPod without dramatically increasing the overall size.

iSee 360i features the COACH7 Zoran (ZRAN) chipset adapted for video applications, and is powered by a rechargeable replaceable 2200mAh battery that extends the life of the host iPod to four hours, nearly double the battery life of the iPod video.

by MacNN Staff





  1. super_steak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How retarded

    Sounds great! Where can I get it? Beats the h*** out of me because the web site's store links say "coming soon."


  1. denim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: how retarded

    Only in a literal sense. Expect it to show up at MacWorld Expo and be available afterwards. No, I have no insider knowledge; that's just the only thing that makes sense this time of year.

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iSee Ya, I don't iHear y

    Cool! Now wheres the iHear? ( High Quality Stereo Recorder w/ XLR Inputs ) the MARANTZ PMD 660 CF DIGITAL RECORDER

  1. mblase

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I don't get it.... has its own screen, its own battery, and its own video playback chip.... so what is the iPod actually needed for at all? This sounds like a standalone gadget whose only "accessory" feature is that it can play video you've already got on the iPod.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    you don't get it

    The iPod is only used as a storage medium for the recorder.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yeah, no wonder the guy is a 'former' Apple exec. The iPod model that most would be intended for it, doesn't work with it -- the 60gb video model. How typical.

    Furthermore, it really just uses the iPod as a glorified hard drive, and based on the compression, doesn't look like the stiff will be usable on the iPod, standalone.


  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too expensive

    Well, one of the coolest things about the iPod is the vast accessories available for it. I'm one of those " iPod is for Music" people anyways, but if I was going to use my iPod for video, I might consider this, unfortunately, I think they've priced themselves to fail. On their FAQ page at the end they list this thing for $250, I would have thought $150 to be the sweet spot. Yes it would add some capabilities the iPod Video doesn't even have, but at this level of video use I would think such users would have more suited equipment for the task this device has. I also did not see if it would play video content from the iTMS on their web page. $250, nuts!

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